MADRID, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Mariano Rajoy, poised to
become Spain’s new prime minister after Sunday’s parliamentary
election, is a cautious moderate and unlikely crisis manager for
a country engulfed by euro zone debt troubles.
The colourless 56-year-old former interior minister
struggles to crack a smile and his huge, 17 percentage points,
lead in polls is built more on mistakes made by the Socialists,
in power the past seven years, than on his own vision.
LISBON/MADRID, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Greece’s surprise call for
a referendum on austerity measures has been a particularly harsh
slap for Portugal and Spain, where diligent belt-tightening once
again has been undermined by factors beyond their control.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou blindsided his own
political party and European leaders by calling on Monday for a
plebiscite on a 130 billion euro ($177.8 billion) bailout
package that imposes painful conditions for shrinking public
spending. Papandreou faced a grilling from the leaders of
Germany and France at crisis talks later on Wednesday.
MADRID (Reuters) – Sylvia knew things would be tough, but never like this.
With a masters’ degree in publicity, the 24-year-old has been working for more than two years, full-time, in an internship that is starting to feel like it will never end.
Paid 300 euros a month for the same work as the salaried public relations professionals who sit next to her, she doesn’t earn enough to move out of her parents’ house and her bus pass and lunch expenses eat up most of her pay.
MADRID, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Spain’s borrowing costs fell on
Thursday as it sold 4.5 billion euros of three 2014 and 2015
bonds, at the top of its target range, as European Central Bank
support on the open market eases concerns of Madrid being sucked
further into the euro zone debt crisis.
ECB buying of Spanish and Italian sovereign debt in the
secondary market has buoyed prices for those countries’ bonds,
helping lower the yields they have to offer at debt auctions, as
the two countries fight off doubts about their fiscal and
MADRID, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Centre-right leader Mariano Rajoy
is headed to a landslide victory in Spain’s election in November
but he is keeping his drastic economic policies secret for fear
of changing the mood.
It is a novel election strategy but analysts believe voters
are so keen to replace the outgoing Socialist government that
they will trust Rajoy without fully knowing what are expected to
be painful austerity measures.
MADRID, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The People’s Party, expected to
oust the Socialists in a November election in Spain, will enact
fresh financial sector reform immediately, forcing banks to
write down property holdings and mop up bad loans, a top party
The Socialists, in power for eight years, have already
pushed weak savings banks to merge with each other, find new
investors and significantly boost capital as Spain tries to
persuade investors its financial system is healthy.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s centre-right opposition leader Mariano Rajoy will implement an economic “shock plan” if he wins a general election that could come within months, senior advisers and members of his Popular Party have told Reuters.
Rajoy, who polls show will be Spain’s next prime minister, anticipates strikes and protests in his first year in office, but not enough to derail an intensive reform agenda.
MADRID, July 19 (Reuters) – Spain’s centre-right opposition
leader Mariano Rajoy will implement an economic “shock plan” if
he wins a general election that could come within months, senior
advisers and members of his Popular Party have told Reuters.
Rajoy, who polls show will be Spain’s next prime minister,
anticipates strikes and protests in his first year in office,
but not enough to derail an intensive reform agenda.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba courted disillusioned leftist voters on Saturday after the ruling Socialists anointed him candidate for prime minister in an uphill battle to retain power.
In a televised speech, Rubalcaba said bank profits should finance job creation and proposed reviving a tax on the wealthy, although he stressed he would maintain austerity measures to cut Spain’s deficit.
MADRID, July 6 (Reuters) – Spain’s economy is on track for
growth this year, and the government does not plan any new taxes
as it works to cut the deficit, Economy Minister Elena Salgado
said on Wednesday.
Salgado also defended three government initiatives seen as
playing to leftist voters, who punished the ruling Socialist
party in regional elections in May over pro-market austerity
measures and the European Union’s highest jobless rate.